When Worlds Collide - Chapter 11 - Safe at Last It was already nightfall when the carriage arrived at the Temple of the Elders. Soldiers greeted the arriving Empress and her daughter, their lanterns illuminating the entrance. As Luciana looked at the large building in the soft yellow glow, a sigh escaped her lips. This was her new home. "Sara," she called, worry gripping her. She grabbed her mother's hand and pulled her towards the stairs. "Momma, we must hurry." Jerico was waiting in the large entry hall, bowing before the woman and the child. "Your safe return warms my heart, your Majesty." Kaliya gave the man a stern glare, though her features quickly softened. "The human woman and the elf?" The elder nodded. "They have been attended to. The physicians and the healers worked furiously to keep them from death. Now, only time will show if their efforts were successful." The sadness was so deep in Luciana's eyes that Kaliya felt her heart wrench. The child had been through so much and she wi
When Worlds Collide - Chapter 10 - Sacrifice Emmanuel stepped away from the sacrificial table to the small marble pedestal a few feet away. He glanced at the scroll upon the stone and began the chant to call his demon god. Taking the iron forged athame to his hand, he sank the blade into the brewed potion before him. He turned from the large fountain and stepped back to face his daughter. The child stared blankly towards the two moons in the sky, unable to break free from the hypnotic state she had been placed under. Chanting louder, he held the blade over her chest, positioning it to pierce her heart. Luciana managed to regain enough control over herself to stare at the dagger poised above her, yet she didn't find herself to be afraid. She just felt numb. "I love you, Luciana," Emmanuel whispered in the coldest tone the child had ever heard. "I love you for the power you will bring to me." "Pappa," the child spoke, her mind clouded by the spell. What happened next occurred within a matter of se
When Worlds Collide - Chapter 9 - Altar The journey from the Grey Mountains towards the Shadow Keep had been relatively eventless. The group managed some small chatter, but it was clear the tension in the air made it difficult for them to be social. Everyone had heard the tales of the terrible Emperor who planned to stomp out all light and good and steep the world into eternal darkness. The key to his plan was the sacrifice of his own daughter, which would obtain for him unfettered powers. Despite the fact that the group had been the ones to safely guide the girl back to the Temple of the Elders, they never dreamed they would end up on a crusade to one of the dictator's safeholds. The thought of confronting the dark lord was ominous, and terrifying. Fariet glanced around before looking up to the night sky. Stars twinkled in the darkness and the moons shone brightly down upon them. He turned to Dorian and Trinity. "We shall camp and rest here for the night, and make the rest of the way in the morning."
When Worlds Collide - Chapter 8 - The Elder Temple "We've reached the Gray Mountains!" Luciana exclaimed. "At last," Fariet sighed as he took the girl's hand. The forests gave way to vast fields. The team could see dozens of families and refugees making their way to the entrance. The Temple of the Elders was magnificent. It had been carved into the mountainside, creating a miniature city which was magically protected so that no evil could enter. Ahead, they could see mighty stone pillars and windows carved into the stone and a grand staircase leading into the temple itself. The four travelers made their way along the path through the grassy field, lining up behind the rest of the refugees. There were children, weary parents, and haggard warriors -- countless people from all around Loreithia who had made the journey to the Gray Mountains to beg for protection against the Dark Emperor's evil forces. The princess glanced up at an elven baby in front of her. The little boy stared back and gave a toothless
When Worlds Collide - Chapter 7 - RescueAnguished screams and pained cries surrounded her, death and destruction and a never ending veil of red. Many times she had felt guilty for what she was, never having wanted to be a vampire in the first place. Still, all she could see was the blood and hear the pained voices of the many victims -- not only of her own doing, but those murdered by her father. Every time she had slept since arriving back in Loreithia, it was nothing more than one nightmare after another, the dreams reminding her of her painful past and her destiny. She didn't know how much longer she could last under the pressure. She had been feeling quite awful from the lack of sleep; travelling throughout the day always took it out of her. The last thing she could remember was seeing the three large wolf creatures taking her into their arms and carrying her off into the distance. Shortly afterwards, she had blacked out. She wasn't sure if she had simply been overcome with fear or if something had forced h
When Worlds Collide - Chapter 6 - Neuri The group of five were beginning to grow weary when they finally reached the outskirts of Wind Hallow. It was a village not far from the edge of the vast Nightwinds. There were small fields on all sides which were mainly used for crops, but in the center was a cluster of inns and shops so travelers could stock before continuing on their journey. They were already in an area where the sun shone for a few hours each day. "I'll be happy to have some daylight," Sara sighed. Fariet kept the lead. "We shall rest here. That gold we found on the bandits should buy us an inn for the night, some supplies, and..." He looked sideways at the adventurer. "Some bandages." Rogan rolled his eyes and quickened his step so he was standing next to the redhead. "You have to be careful here. Members of the Black Corp operate in Wind Hallow. They are mercenaries. They will work for a price, but they can't be trusted." "How would I know them?" she asked in a whisper.